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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 22:49 GMT
Hopkins issues chilling warning
Bernard Hopkins pictured at an earlier press conference
Hopkins has made provocative comments to Calzaghe before
Joe Calzaghe has been warned he "better be willing to die" by Bernard Hopkins ahead of their 19 April light-heavyweight contest in Las Vegas.

Hopkins repeatedly said the phrase to Calzaghe when the two men staged the traditional face off following a press conference on Tuesday.

"I feel in an executioner mood," said Hopkins, who addressed the media wearing a black hood.

"I am going to punish him and punish him slowly."

Undisputed super-middleweight champion Calzaghe, 35, is unbeaten in 44 professional fights.

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He laughed off the episode, as he had done before Christmas when Hopkins, 43, Ring Magazine's light-heavyweight champion, claimed during a previous confrontation that he would "never lose to a white boy".

"He's doing what he has to do to psyche himself up," said Calzaghe. "I'm enjoying it. This is a new phase for me, my first fight in the States.

"I came to watch the Ricky Hatton fight against Floyd Mayweather and saw the support he had and that's the only thing missing from my career, a big name, someone like Hopkins and all the bull that surrounds it.

"He can be the bad guy now but I'm going to be the bad guy come 19 April.

"I've been through all this before. I've been undefeated 17 years so nothing intimidates me."



SEE ALSO
Round one to Calzaghe
07 Feb 08 |  Boxing
Calzaghe seals Hopkins showdown
23 Jan 08 |  Boxing
Calzaghe v Hopkins 'very close'
10 Dec 07 |  Boxing
Hopkins taunts 'white' Calzaghe
07 Dec 07 |  Boxing
The Calzaghe Record
04 Nov 07 |  Boxing
Inside Team Calzaghe
29 Oct 07 |  Boxing
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31 Dec 07 |  Wales


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